Review: War Storm (Red Queen #4) – Victoria Aveyard

Its taken five months but I’ve finally gotten around to reading one of my most anticipated books of May 2018.

I was a tad apprehensive to read War Storm (Red Queen #4) following some of the more colourful reviews that followed its publication.

Was the finale to the ‘Red Queen’ quartet everything I hoped it could be? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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27188596War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen (May 15, 2018)

Print Length: 672 pages

Audiobook Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins

Narrator: Amanda Dolan, Erin Spencer, Saskia Maarleveld, Vikas Adam, Charlie Thurston

VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

The Review 

Meh.

War Storm (Red Queen #4) is fourth and final book in the YA fantasy series that followed Red girl Mare Barrow as she decides, once and for all, to throw everything she had, including her love for a silver prince, or everything she will ever have including her very life, behind securing freedom for reds and newbloods from the oppressive silver kingdom they have been taught to obey.

To say the final installment in the ‘Red Queen’ series disappointed me would be a gross understatement. Clocking in at 672 pages one would expect War Storm (Red Queen #4) to be bursting with epic battles and bows on character story lines, right? Wrong. With five PoV’s to keep track of the overall voice of the novel felt muddled down. Furthermore, even though there were quite a few action bits I felt that having so many character voices made the overall feeling punch less of an impact. Also, if you are hoping to read this and have the character story lines wrapped up by the end, you’ve got another thing coming. With no conclusion on whether or not THAT character died, coupled with the fact that I found I never got a firm answer on whether or not THOSE characters ended up or will end up together, left me with more questions than answers by the end of War Storm. 

The character’s also left me wanting more, unfortunately. I quite enjoyed the ending that Aveyard thought up for Evangeline, and that is saying a lot given I wasn’t really a fan of her’s in the beginning. She was able, without spoiling too much, to shake off the shackles of familiar life in favour of herself and those she chooses to care about and for that reading War Storm (Red Queen #4) was kind of worth it. I was not pleased with how Mare’s story ended, specifically with the romance as by the end of King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) I thought Mare was better off on her own. I also loathed the inclusion of Iris in the PoV’s. I didn’t understand why Aveyard chose to add her as a last minute main character, and felt that her inclusion was just a filler to move the plot along while also allowing the reader to understand what was happening on the other side of the conflict.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.

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